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I don’t know where she got the idea, but a couple of weeks ago, Julia told me that she wanted to make a “spooky gingerbread house” for Halloween –and that we should use peanut butter cups for flowerpots on the front steps.  How could I resist? [click to continue…]

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Fine (Kids’) Art Tack Board

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Parenthood has many rewards, and one of my favorites is seeing Julia beam with pride when we display her artwork.  I have a large tack board in my office that always holds lots of her latest pieces, but we also wanted to show at least one of her pictures more prominently, and give it the […]

Halloween for Adults: Roasted Pumpkin Fondue

Monday, October 13, 2014
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As soon pumpkins start appearing in the Hamptons farm stands, David starts asking for this dish.  It’s a favorite in our house –a dish we start making on one of the first truly chilly weekends in October and serve from time to time through the Holidays.  The whole roasted pumpkin full of steaming, fragrant filling […]

Flexitarian Favorite: Fall Vegetable Couscous

Monday, October 6, 2014
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Here’s a dish that’s full of big, rich, earthy fall flavors that will appeal to the whole family.  The natural sweetness of roasted carrots, parsnips, squash and shallots are enlivened with warm spices and served over couscous cooked in a saffron vegetable broth. The dish is finished with two delicious North African condiments –preserved lemon […]

Mini Pumpkin Creme Brûlée

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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I’m as sceptical of any sort of adulterated creme brûlée as I am of anything that’s supposed to taste like pumpkin pie, other than pumpkin pie.  I love both desserts just as they are.  But this showy treat won me over, and Julia too. I like it in part because it’s neither souped-up creme brûlée […]

The Dining Car

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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We eat in the car.  Sometimes.  When we drive to Southampton on Friday evenings, we usually pick up something to go and eat on the road.  Which can get messy, usually for David and me.  (Julia’s a pretty tidy eater.) After years of hoarding stacks of give-away paper napkins, forgetting straws and digging in the […]

Coq au Vin (Chicken in Red Wine Sauce)

Monday, September 15, 2014
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  I’m now beginning to accept that it’s autumn, and when I sit down to think about what we’re going to have for dinner for the week, favorite braised dishes like pot roast, lamb tagine and boeuf bourguignon happily come to mind.  Not only are they delicious, but their rich, mellow flavors are favorites of […]

Spiced Rice Pudding with Salted Caramel

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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We had our first cool evening of September on Sunday, and, perhaps tellingly, my thoughts turned to rice pudding. This version of the classic pudding elevates this childhood comfort food into a more grown-up pleasure (that Julia still loves).  The pudding is boldly flavored, in the Spanish style, with orange and lemon, and these flavors […]

Video: Stone Fruit Tart

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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I’d like to point out that it’s still technically summer until September 22.  And to prove it, the markets are full of beautiful summer produce, including stone fruit like peaches and plums.  Here’s a video about one of my go-to spring and summer desserts, a perfectly simple tart that beautifully frames these bright summer flavors. […]

Video: Making Pavlova

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Here’s a light and delicious summer dessert that’s an impressive alternative to a cake or a pie.  Pavlova is a treat that originated, I think, in Australia and is named, they say, after a famous ballerina.  But whatever the origin, it’s a delight.  A pillow of sweet meringue –crisp on the outside, marshmallow-like on the […]